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Poster: vapors Date: Apr 14, 2010 3:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Glens Falls 1982

I am not presenting a musical dissertation here, just sharing another silly tour story.
I don’t remember when the tickets went on sale, but I knew about it then. A favorite spot among us at Paul Smith’s College was the Back Door in Saranac Lake, and my story begins in this little bar – they had a weekly 10 cent draft special and in those younger days I had many a fine moment with friends there.

My experience with the boys predated my second experience of college, and I became fast friends with many kindred souls while there. This was a splendid time in my life. For starters it reunited my brother and I and gave us direction towards our future careers. I stuck out my thumb to embark on many an adventure to be with this band that had taken hold of me, and I regret not one iota of time, uncertain miles to go or dollar spent. I didn’t know very much then about Jerry’s health or bad habits. I really only remember how much I loved being with him. Nothing in my life had been so much fun.

We were all hanging out at the Back Door this particular day – I was antsy and ready for travel. Tickets had gone on sale for the Glens Falls show, and I was heading down to the box office and buy me some. The limit was eight per person. I hit the road south with only my own funds, but many requests for tix and assurances that they would pay me soon. For the next month (I don’t exactly remember the time frame) I held these extra tickets, asking folks for the money. The day before the Philly shows, I made one last stop at the Back Door on my way out of town – no one came through. No worries for me - I was going to see my band!

So this spring east coast tour I missed the shows at Duke and Norfolk, but got to the Spectrum. No recollection of exact details, and tickets weren’t always hard to find back then, but it turned out that those extra Glens Falls tickets came in very handy. When my bro and I got to the Glens Falls show, (after Syracuse, Rochester and Nassau) it was something else to see so many people there from college looking for me – and their ticket. There wasn’t much I could say but good luck, hope you get in, and, yep, this band really rocks!

We had to head home after the next show in Providence, missing the two in Hartford and the awesome performance in Baltimore that ended the tour

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Poster: billydlions Date: Apr 14, 2010 4:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Glens Falls 1982

Nice post Vapors. I know that the Raven Space from Baltimore gets a lot of attention but I still think this is the best show from the spring tour. The 1st set is especially well played, with a great Deep Elem and the 2nd set is sold all the way through. Jerry still looked reasonably healthy at this time (see the Letterman interview you posted yesterday) and played very well in all of 1982. Spring 1983 is where Jerry really started to look bad, yet many people never picked up on his problems.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Apr 14, 2010 5:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Glens Falls 1982

Fine show indeed. Love it. As for folks not noticing Jerry's beginning descent into the abyss, it was always nice to have a pair of Ray-Ban Jerry Blinders. The special tint made it only possible to see the best in the man, blocking out the sad portents of things to come. But, the man did have some fine shows left in him for quite some time.